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The way I keep stuff for this semi-not-at-all-regular column is by starring it in my Google Reader. As the weeks/months go on, things tend to pile up. Related things. Here they are, by particularly similar category.
A DAB OF HISTORY
Autograph books! They had them in Little House on the Prairie, except when they were in Town.
FAMOUS, LEGIT ACTORS
The truth behind Natalie Wood, Denzel Washington might play Thelonious Monk, Ben Affleck’s kids wear his face on their shirts and a GIF wall of many many Oscar winners and losers.
The New York Times and Israel/Palestine, naturally.
People look like those fake oh-so-real characters.
It really is.
It’s been months, so if this is all old news, well excuseeeee me.
Alexander McQueen was inspired by Friends.
Rock Hudson was gay. Here’s a look at his hidden “bachelorhood.”
A woman got really unhappy because people were putting plastic Flamingos on her lawn. So she’s basically an idiot, because that is a fine fine gift.
A very thorough look at time zones and how ridiculous they are.
I appreciate any recent reference to Simply Red.
A glimpse of anything you ever wanted to know about Paul Taylor and all that dance is now available.
Roseanne is back with a vengeance, with her major policy position based on legalizing marijuana.
As if we even thought it was possible, Craig Ferguson steps up the crazy and films a week’s worth of shows in Paris.
My piano teacher growing up would have been all over these.
I would stay in this hotel in a hot second. If I had my stockpile of old magazines with me right now I’d pull out this amazing Times Magazine where these designers used salvaged oil tankers as rooms in their homes.
Glass Beach is in MacKerricher State Park in California. There’s all this sea glass because of years trash being dumped nearby.
An Apple tree.
More stamps for people who like good looking things.
Dress your life like you’re in Benny and Joon.
And photos of your favorite country singers (and some less impressive ones too, what can you do).
Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl.” Fun fact: He’s been married seven times, twice to the same woman (the current wife is Allison Moorer, a talented singer-songwriter in her own right). Must be why his music is so good.
LOOK & LISTEN
Do a day in the life with Pixar genius John Lassater.
LA didn’t have cars for a bit and it was glorious.
Check out “The Secret Life of Swimmers,” by photographer Judy Starkman. She took photos of people who swim at public pools. It is a bit of a secret club.
It’s like, I see what you did there, related ads. But try again.
When we were cleaning out my house in the spring, I made my mother let me keep my Macintosh SE. It was the first computer that was ever mine, just mine; my dad found it on the street and fixed it up when I was around 11. It didn’t have no internet, was in black and white, but still rocked Microsoft Word, took floppy disks, and included KidPix, the only program anyone really needs.
On Ebay, this computer runs for around $200 now, which just goes to show that something that is totally outdated still packs somewhat of a punch, even on nostalgia factor. At one point, I think we had 6 or 7 computers in my house, all Macs, because Windows was not allowed. We didn’t use them all, but they all worked, just sitting around that my dad had found and fixed up. You know, just in case. He subscribed to the real magazine of Macworld, and would actually read it, not skim it, as I recall. I don’t remember what exactly was in those articles, only that there was a diehard fan in our mix.
People make a lot of arguments about Apple now; how it’s a cult, how they charge too much, how their stock prices will drop now that Steve Jobs is no longer alive to helm it and guide the vision. But the one thing that Apple taught me from a very young age was that visuals matter. Everything they made looked good. Maybe the later years have looked better than the early ones, but design does matter, and that’s something that Microsoft has never believed in. They haven’t understood that it takes me twice as long to do things on their products, and that I enjoy doing them half as much.
Looking good isn’t a crime. And thanks Steve Jobs, for making me feel okay about that. You made industrial design cool, and you’ve made my life better for it.
Where will the boats go?! I’m really, really worried.
Preston Sturges: The finest director most people don’t really know about. My favorite is The Lady Eve, and Netflix Instant has a whole bunch to choose from.
Jeff Bridges is returning to his Crazy Heart roots, to which I say, good job and now can you please just do a sequel to The Fabulous Baker Brothers?
The creator of Dilbert is…not very smart.
Howard Dean continues to the the biggest badass. DEAN 2018!
Ricky Gervais is the world’s most articulate atheist. Or at least the funniest.
The Grammys are cutting over 30 award categories. Editing really does help, kids!
This interview with Fred Willard is just too good to excerpt.
Discussing the anniversary of Penguin’s 75th anniversary, art director Paul Buckley talks about how its okay to judge a book by its cover.
The Mona Lisa was real, and there will be bone proof. This does not make the painting any less overrated.
Should Alcoholics stay Anonymous? David Colman makes a compelling argument for coming out of the closet.
Get over yourself Will Smith: His 1100 sq. ft. trailer, plus a second one for his gym, is angering SoHo residents. I would feel worse for them if it wasn’t SoHo…
Annie Liebowitz might be broke and stuff, but she still takes good pictures of beautiful famous people.
What if you lived at Ikea? I wish.
Or here. Please and thank you.
This house is one part FLW, one part Little House on the Prairie (Banks of Plum Creek/sodhouse days).
The differences between Mac and PC people are not quite what you’d think they’d be.
Ketchup and stain removal in one interactive ad campaign. Consider me sold.
RollingStone is streaming Stevie Nicks’ newest album “In Your Dreams.” I like to imagine her yelling this phrase at people.
Elvis Costello covers. Laura Cantrell does “Indoor Fireworks.”
I love Jello.
Some people are very very very good whistlers. It took other people a long time to just fake it.
The weather has not been good to Chicago this week; in fact, it’s been the definition of a fickle mistress. That’s not related to this video, it’s just to say that things have been better and I look forward to them being so again.
I haven’t made it through all of these interviews with Matthew Weiner, but here’s more information about Mad Men than you always wanted to know.
I appreciated the power of Robert Ebert’s words before, but somehow, they’ve become more moving now that he can’t speak.
Apple isn’t always so nice, unfortunately.
Linda Ronstadt sings “My Boyfriend’s Back.” She also dated California Governor Jerry Brown. Oh wait, I’m sorry, she was his “occasional companion.”